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Clay Watch

What is the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clay Watch, special needs registry?

The Special Needs registry is a way for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to receive information about residents who have special needs that would be helpful for emergency responders to know.

Registration Procedures

To register applicants, their parents or guardians complete the registration form or the web based application. If the paper form is used, please return to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Forms can be dropped off at the department, picked up by a deputy, or emailed to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at Parents and caregivers may enroll any person of any age with any type of medical condition or disability, including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Bipolar Disorder, and Down syndrome. Adults with other special needs may also enroll themselves. All registration information will be confirmed in person by the Community Affairs Unit prior to inclusion in the database.

What happens once the person is registered?

Participants will receive a Clay County Sheriff’s Office vinyl decal to display on or near the front door of your home. Additional decals can be obtained and placed on a vehicle if you wish. A premise note will be added to the home address so that responding deputies will have knowledge of the special needs individual prior to their arrival. When a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy has contact with a person listed on the registry, our communications center can provide useful information to help the officer successfully interact and communicate with your loved one. The registry can also provide the parent or caregiver’s emergency contact information. Access to this information during an emergency can save valuable time.

More information is available on our Clay Watch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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